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Diversity + Justice and Alumni Awards Conference

Alumni/Diversity Event Banner 2017

JANUARY 27, 2017 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Gasson Hall 100

Chestnut Hill Campus. See maps and directions.

Parking available in the Beacon Street Garage. See parking rates and information.
1.5 CEUs

Students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to attend an afternoon conference, to explore the intersections of diversity and social work practice and to honor this year's recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Awards. This event brings the entire Boston College School of Social Work community together at the start of the second semester to deepen our respect for the complex diversity of the people and communities we are privileged to serve. 

In academic year 2016-17, the BC Social Work community is focusing on the role of Powerful Women. In keeping with that focus, this conference will explore the challenges that social workers face in meeting the needs of diverse populations.

Keynote Speaker
Ayanna Pressley
Ayanna Pressley


Boston City Councilor At-Large

Ms. Pressley was first elected to the Boston City Council on November 3, 2009, becoming the first woman of color ever elected to the Council. In her subsequent 2011, 2013 and 2015 reelection campaigns, Ayanna made history as the first person of color and the first woman in 30 years to top the ticket. Ayanna chairs the City Council’s Committee on Healthy Women, Families, and Communities, which she created in 2010.

Ayanna is committed to working in partnership with community, building broad and diverse coalitions to advance policy reforms. She has earned local and national attention for her efforts to provide pathways to graduation for pregnant and parenting teens, ensure Boston high school students receive comprehensive sexual health education, diversify economic and wealth building opportunities for women and people of color, and strengthen support services for families of homicide victims and sexual assault survivors. In 2013, she formed the Elevate Boston coalition to ensure issues uniquely impacting women and girls and the LGBTQ community were part of the 2013 Boston mayoral race debate.

In 2015, Ayanna earned the EMILY’s List Rising Star Award. In 2014, she was named to Boston Magazine’s Power of Ideas list, was a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Ten Outstanding Young Leaders honoree, and earned the Victim Rights Law Center's Leadership Award.

Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Distinguished Alumni Awards honor Boston College School of Social Work MSW or PhD alumni who have made significant contributions to the social work profession. We are pleased to announce the 2017 alumni award recipients:

  • Distinguished Recent Alumni Award: Nick Teich, MSW ‘09.  Nick is the founder and CEO of Harbor Camps. Camp Aranu’tiq is the largest of Harbor Camps' programs and is the world’s first camp exclusively for transgender and gender-variant youth.  See bio »
  • Distinguished Alumni Award: Debra Sosin, MSW ‘77. Currently Debra is the Project Director for Family Connections, an early childhood mental health consultation and professional staff development program of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center (BTC), Boston Children’s Hospital.  See bio »
Conference Schedule
3:30    Dean’s Welcome
3:45 “Powerful Women"
Keynote Speaker: Ayanna Pressley
Boston City Councilor At-Large
4:30   Audience Q&A
5:00 Break
5:15 Distinguished Alumni Awards Presentations
6:00   BCSSW Community Reception